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Two chances to hear "The President's Own" perform at the Cathedral this week! Come to the Cathedral this Friday, November 7, at 7 pm for a Veterans Day tribute concert, (www.nationalcathedral.org/tribute) and on Sunday, November 9, at 4 pm, for the annual Marine Corps anniversary service, with 3:30 pm prelude… Read More
"Letters from War" Veterans Day Tribute - November 7, 7 pm Marine Chamber Orchestra musicians appear at the White House an average of 200 times each year, performing for State Dinners, ceremonies, receptions, and other events of national significance. Still waiting for that overdue White House invitation? Don't miss your chance… Read More
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VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 – GI Bill for Unemployed Veterans Age 35-60 If you are an unemployed military veteran, you may be eligible for a new GI Bill / career training program: the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 was created to help veterans gain marketable skills to… Read More
VA Accidentally Releases Vets' Personal Info January 21, 2012 Stars and Stripes|by Leo Shane III WASHINGTON -- More than 2,200 veterans had their personal information accidentally posted on the genealogy website Ancestry.com last year, a move that could potentially expose them to identify theft crimes. Officials from the Department of Veterans… Read More
Veteran’s Disability Benefits Under Attack Again! by Jere Beery Courtesy of Veterans Today New garnishment policy enacted by the US Department of Treasury. Below is the explanation of the new policy enacted by the US Department of the Treasury. This legislation misses the mark on current federal garnishment protection under… Read More
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Veterans Day Honors Service, Sacrifice By Jim Garamone American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2011 – Until the 1960s, veterans groups used the red poppy as the symbol of Veterans Day. In Great Britain, it still is. The symbol comes from a poem, “In Flanders Fields,” written by Canadian doctor… Read More
August 31, 2011 Courtesy of VA.gov Over $2.2 Billion in Retroactive Agent Orange Benefits Paid to 89,000 Vietnam Veterans and Survivors for Presumptive Conditions WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced today that more than $2.2 billion in retroactive benefits has already been paid to approximately 89,000 Vietnam… Read More
Disability Payments to Former Spouse? Sgt. Shaft | August 09, 2011 Courtesy of Military.com Dear Sgt Shaft: I am in the middle of a divorce after 18 years of marriage. I receive service-connected disability from the VA from when I was in the Army. My wife and I were not married… Read More
An Unplanned Encounter of Sorts
by Brandon Freitas, VMW Director of Communications
Now that I have relocated to beautiful Helena, Montana (Big Sky Country), I have been thinking about what I can write about on behalf of VMW - something relevant. There is something to be said and the myriad of organizations that have this as their motto (namely, the U.S. Coast Guard) say it well, Semper Paratus, which of course means "Always Ready". Well, I wasn't necessarily ready, but I wanted to confirm what I saw to be certain, then move into my "brainstorm" session. Let me explain.
When you see a celebrity of any kind, do you run up to them and ask their autograph or acknowledge them courteously, or do you do nothing? For me, I've never been the one to dash towards a celebrity and get all I can and make them feel uncomfortable - that's just not me. So, this one typical day, after my day of work at the VA hospital at Ft. Harrison, I went to the gym. It was unlike any other day for me, one of the four or so gym-days for me, and so when I walked in the cardio area to begin that portion of my workout, I saw someone that looked "familiar". So my mind began racing. Who was it? Where have I seen him? Am I losing my mind? All these thoughts came to me at once. I couldn't point to it right away, so I jumped on my stationary bike behind this individual as he ran on the treadmill. It couldn't be anyone of any celebrity, could it? Afterall, I am in Helena, Montana of course. What celebrity comes here? So I continued to bike....and bike....and pedal....and burn....and sweat. For the next 20mins, while I watched ESPN on one side and CNN and Fox News on the other, I still thought that I knew this guy from somewhere. His tatoos and style of hair was and his face...I've seen that scowl before, but where!!??
As a viewer of hundreds of thousands of music vides during the early 90s and a fan of MTV and VH1, I still couldn't shake the feeling that I "knew" this guy from somewhere. After mulling over it for about 2wks, and asking some very reliable "sources" on Facebook...yes, I am being facetious...but yes, Facebook...it was confirmed - IT WAS HENRY ROLLINS, the iconic metal rocker of the 90s, Actor, Writer, and Producer....I kept thinking of the song "Liar" and I knew I recognized that face...the scowl from him working out...and from that video!! Same one!
So, I now began thinking of what can I do? Should I ask him... BOTTOM LINE: I contacted him via email and was thinking I had a 50-50 chance that I'd get a response. Below are the answers I received from my questions. Thank you, Mr. Henry Rollins!
VMW: Why were you in Helena?
Rollins: I was in Helena for a show that took place on 9/19/12 at the Myrna Loy Center.
VMW: Do you have any military experience in your background? If you served, in what branch and specialty? If haven’t served…what branch do you think you’d have served in and why? What would you have wanted to do in the military?
Rollins: I have no milirary experience. I can only speculate as to what I would have been able to give to service. Perhaps Army. As to what to do, probably what I was ordered to.
VMW: Can you tell me of some of the events you have done with Veterans and/or active troops…just name a couple/few of your most memorable ones…when and where?
Rollins: I have done some USO work. Seven tours. Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey—basically wherever they asked me to go. Along with that, several visits to Walter Reed and Bethesda. Memorable? Good question. It all kind of stands out and at some points was quite surreal. One day you’re at home and a week later, you’re walking through Saddam’s palace. The most memorable part of all of it was the soldiers. Excellent people I met.
VMW: I know you’re an activist in other areas, but do you have any foundations or support any organizations that help Veterans? Example: Wounded Warrior Project…
Rollins: I have been working for years with IAVA (Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America).
VMW: When you hear the phrase, “Modern Warrior” with regards to VMW, what comes to mind?
Rollins: A more technologically trained and aware soldier than previous generations required. Also, a soldier who has to account for a less “traditional” enemy as to methods and strategy.
VMW: If given the chance to speak or say something to our Modern Warriors, what would you say?
Rollins: Stay focused and get back to the di fac in on piece.
VMW: Is there a particular song or piece of work you have done that is either dedicated to our service men and women or captures today’s Modern Warriors’ “essence”? If not, give us some of your "words of wisdom".
Rollins: There is not. As to wisdom, I don’t know if I am qualified to provide any as I have no experience the military. I would suggest that since we have a voluntary service model, a soldier should not expect understanding from the civilian population when he or she returns from service. There is, sadly, a bit of a disconnect.
VMW: Not making the answer partisan (if possible—I know that’s tough no matter side of the isle you sit): can you give me a few of your top concerns when it comes to the Fed taking care of its wounded warriors? What do you think the Government's priorities should be? What are you disappointed with? When it comes to Veterans and our Gov’t and/or society in general.
Rollins: To me it is a non-partisan issue. These people put themselves in extreme danger. When they return and are in need of services, none of them should be denied. Perhaps you would want to ask your Republican members of Congress why they were against signing in the Veterans Jobs Corps Act several days ago. I am sure they have a real kick ass reason.
And there you have it. Thank you, Henry for your time and candor. We appreciate that!!
Click HERE for Henry's official website.
Click HERE for the IMDB link for more on Henry.